Copyright REINS OF LIFE.   Reins of Life is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. organization.

OUR MISSION: To improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy

Carla and I have a very special place in our hearts for Reins of Life. We were fortunate enough to be introduced to the program 16 years ago and quickly involved our daughter, Kelsey. Kelsey had cerebral palsy and was wheelchair bound. It is hard to express the sense of accomplishment and joy that Reins of Life provided Kelsey until her untimely passing 5 years ago. The staff was warm and welcoming from the very beginning and the special bond she had with her horses and volunteers was just incredible. Now, since Kelsey has left us, we keep Kelsey's memory alive by continuing to raise funds for the program and telling everyone we know how special a place Reins of Life is. It is an organization that is more than worthy of your support either by volunteering, donating or fundraising. Help us keep this wonderful program vibrant and growing in the Michiana community. 

Thanks, Dr. Mark and Carla Meekhof. 

Donations are accepted in a variety of ways

For more information or questions, call the Reins office at 574-232-0853

Host an Event

Many area service groups host fund-raising events for Reins of Life.  Examples are motorcycle rides, chili or spaghetti suppers, and rummage sales.  For more information or ideas on partnering with Reins for a fundraising event, call us at 574-232-0853.


Horse Items

Small size grooming tools

Pony rainbow reins

Nylon trailer ties

Water Troughs - 150 Gallon, Rubbermaid

Office Items

Laminator film - 18”

Paper clips (jumbo & small)

White copy paper

“Forever” postage stamps

Large white mailing envelopes (8 3/4 x 12”)

Program Items

Gift bags (variety of sizes; all occasion)

Foam craft sheets

Colored Card stock

Colored copy paper & glue sticks

Washable children’s paint

Garlands &ribbons (for holiday decorating 2015)

Children’s stickers (St. Patrick’s, horse etc.)

15" and 9" Colored Cone Sets (

Cone Sleeves with Pockets


Toilet paper;

Paper towels

Hand soap pumps;

Duct tape

Commercial printer/copier (for MC)


Lysol spray & disinfectant wipes

Cat litter

Paper plates

Wal-Mart, Staples gift card

Call the Reins office for more

information at 574-232-0853

Planned giving offers a donor the opportunity to leave a legacy for the benefit of people they will never meet. The most commonly utilized planned gift is the bequest of property through a person’s final will but other types include gift annuities and trusts. Reins of Life benefits from the interest income earned on two endowment funds managed by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.

Planned Giving and Endowments


You can help by sponsoring a rider for a session or even a year. Reins of Life will match sponsors with riders and provide them with pictures, stories, and progress notes or you and your rider can remain anonymous.


At Reins, our horses are not only the tools of our trade, but very special animals that have the power to heal minds, hearts, and bodies. They deserve the very best!

__________Sponsor Rider for one year - $1,000

__________Hay for horse - $600

__________Veterinarian services - $150

_________Hoof care - $35


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